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Glucosamine & diabetes

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Can diabetic people take glucosamine or not?

There is a myth that has been kept alive by many health professionals. It says that glucosamine is not recommended for diabetic people and that they should avoid it.

Here are the facts. Glucosamine is made of glucose (sugar) and amino acids (blocks that can be used to produce proteins). Our bodies produce glucosamine but can’t take it apart, so we use it “as is”. In other words, glucosamine can’t provide the body with glucose; therefore it can’t affect blood sugar levels.

So why is it that some people find their glucose levels read higher when they take glucosamine as a supplement? It’s very simple. Some glucometers don’t differentiate between blood sugar and glucosamine. They simply add the glucosamine level to the glucose level in the blood, thus increasing the reading.

Actually, there is an excellent reason why diabetic people should take glucosamine. By reducing joint pain and increasing joint mobility, glucosamine makes it easier to exercise—and increasing exercise is one of the best thing diabetics can do to control their disease. Exercise improves the body’s use of sugar, helping to regulate blood sugar level.

Those who suffer from reduced mobility due to osteoarthritis can also benefit from glucosamine. Glucosamine production decreases with age, so taking it as a supplement is a good way to compensate for this loss and keep people exercising.

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